This book contains lots of good advice about nutrition and supplements. The authors say that supplements are NOT a replacement for a poor diet, and that supplement programs work best when accompanied by a nutrient dense diet.
As the authors write at the start of this book, 'health comes from the farm, not the pharmacy.'
The idea of having a book written by two experts where one gives their opinion on a topic and this is then followed by comments by the other which explain why they disagree or agree with this advice (and also possibly outline extra ideas and treatments) is a very good one.
Good parts of this book include their focus on the need for IV or injected vitamins in some cases; where the gut function is very poor for example. This is such a crucial point that many other books ignore. Oral supplements are not enough for some of the most ill patients. I highly recommend Gaby's excellent article on the Myer Protocol for IV vitamins if you haven't read it, too.
The section on the possible need for Betaine HCl in order to digest meals properly was also excellent and very helpful, as was the section on the need for drinking distilled water and the possible need for pancreatic enzymes and adrenal supports such as whole adrenal extract (which they suggest is better than taking cortisone).
The warnings about dairy foods and that 6 months may have to pass before symptoms caused by this food are resolved was very well done, although the differences with raw dairy foods were not discussed.
This book also contains a good section on nutrition and supplementation in pregnancy. It explains that it is only supplemental forms of vitamin A that have been shown to cause problems, that the science of vitamin A in pregnancy is far from definitive and that low vitamin A can also cause serious problems.
Food allergies and the need for an elimination diet are also discussed, and the book provides a complete elimination diet food plan.
I disagree with the authors' recommendation of 'low fat' animal foods only and the suggestion that for all of us, vegetarianism may be best. I also disagree with the way too low vitamin C dosages of only 2 grams recommended as well as the recommendation of 800 IU of alpha tocopherol daily. Vitamin E is best taken in all 8 of its forms not just the one form, but this recommendation may be more to do with the 12 year age of this book than anything else, to be fair.
If you're a fan of other books by these authors you'll probably also get something out of this one. This book is of a better quality than most books in this field.
Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME) and Health, Healing & Hummingbirds (HHH)